NEVER TAKE A PILL
I cannot, nor have ever promoted or encouraged people to take a ‘health’ pill. People are not aware that 75% of most pills contain a chemical binder which can be hazardous to the body and in some cases carcinogenic. Pills sit in the gut and take hours to dissolve and in most cases any goodness is destroyed by the excipient (chemical additives.) That is why most people receive little benefit in taking a multi vitamin and feel no different.
That is why I felt obligated to develop my own products over the years. I only believe in powdered minerals and supplements as they absorb into the blood stream and are more effective with all my clients noticing a difference within days. When choosing a powder make sure you do not have to take a lot of it. If you have to take scoops of the powder, run the other way as you know it contains fillers, colours and often flavouring.
The health industry does not consider rice flour as a gluten and will often use it to fill out products with other binders. I am working on an article on capsules as these are no better for the human body.
The following article really says it all:
Excipients and fillers are added to pharmaceuticals (drugs) and nutraceuticals (supplements) to help with the manufacturing and stabilization of these products. They are the “glue” which bind and stabilize a supplement. Historically they have been considered inert and without any medicinal benefit however they do influence the benefits of the intended ingredients. These excipient, fillers and binders can effect the absorption rate and reduce benefits by as much as 75%. This assumption has allowed their use to be wide-spread with little regard for their actual influence. Excipients for example have been found to initiate or participate in chemical and physical interactions which can compromise the efficacy of a medication or supplement.
Types of Excipients and Fillers:
Excipients aid in the manufacturing process to help stabilize products so they can be taken in various dosage forms. There are several different types of excipients and fillers used in nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products. Some of the most common include:
* Anti-adherents – The most common anti-adherent used in manufacturing is magnesium stearate. It is used to prevent the product from sticking or adhering to machines in the manufacturing plant, thereby decreasing waste and increasing profitability for companies.
* Binders – Are used to hold ingredients together. They also give weight and allow small active ingredients to be combined into an easy to take capsule or tablet. Binders are typically a sugar derivative and include: lactose, sucrose, microcrystalline cellulose, malitol, sorbitol, xylitol etc.
* Coatings – Are added to tablets to help make large, difficult to swallow pills easier to swallow. They also prevent deterioration from water and moisture. Coatings can also allow for breakdown in a specific organ in the body. For example enteric coatings allows for breakdown in the small intestine, preventing breakdown in the acidic environment of the stomach. Examples include: hydroxypropylmethocellulose (HPMC).
* Disintegrants – Allows for breakdown of a capsule or tablet when wet. This ensures rapid breakdown to facilitate rapid absorption of a product. Examples include: sodium starch glycosylate.
* Fillers and Diluents – Add bulk to products making very small active components easy for consumer to take. Examples include: lactose, sucrose, magnesium stearate, glucose, plant cellulose, calcium carbonate (chalk) etc.
* Lubricants – Prevent the clumping of active ingredients and prevent the sticking of materials to machines in the manufacturing plant. Examples include: silica, talc, stearic acid, magnesium stearate etc.
* Preservatives – Are used to extend the shelf-life of products and prevent degradation, oxidation, bacterial growth etc. Examples include: methyl paraben, propyl paraben.
* Colours – Are commonly added to help identify drugs. This is of particular concern for individuals on multiple pills to avoid unnecessary overdose. The most common food colouring additives are:
FD&C Blue No. 1 (brilliant blue FCF)
FD&C Blue No. 2 (indigotine)
FD&C Green No. 3 (fast green FCF)
FD&C Red No. 40 (allura red AC)
FD&C Red No. 3 (erythrosine)
FD&C Yellow No. 5 (tartrazine)
FD&C Yellow No. 6 (sunset yellow)
*Whitening Agent – Titanium dioxide: Is a common whitening agent used in some supplements and pharmaceutical agents. It has shown to be a potential carcinogen to humans. Rat studies have shown that inhalation of ultrafine titanium dioxide can cause respiratory tract cancer.
* Artificial Flavours – Are artificial flavouring agents added to various pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products to help make certain powdered or liquid medications more palatable. There are over 2000 chemicals used to make a wide range of flavours.
The major concern with the use of most excipients and fillers in nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals is their ability to interact with the medicinal ingredients, hence influence the reliability of products. With chemical and physical interactions occurring within a supplement it is difficult to determine the exact efficacy of the product remaining. Interactions can render the active ingredient less active and make it less bioavailable (less available for the body to use).
There is next to no research to determine the impact of long-term use of excipients on health. In fact hundreds of thousands of people are complaining about stomach and bowel issues and it is becoming a great concern to many.
Companies are also not required to list fillers within the supplement; therefore it is difficult to determine the amount of non-medicinal ingredients versus medicinal ingredients. Most do not understand that those who on-sell these pills are not qualified, but in most cases are driven by the dollar.
Listed below are some of the adverse health effects associated with specific excipients:
Magnesium stearate: Is a widely used excipient in nutraceutical and pharmaceutical products. Some studies have shown that it suppresses immune function. The absorbability of products is also questionable when magnesium stearate has been added to a formula. As a powerful binder of active constituents the rate of dissolution of a substance is altered. Magnesium stearate is produced when soap and hard water mix creating the unwanted “soap scum” ring around bathtubs.
Titanium dioxide: Is a common whitening agent used in some supplements and pharmaceutical agents. It has shown to be a potential carcinogen to humans. Rat studies have shown that inhalation of ultrafine titanium dioxide can cause respiratory tract cancer.
Silica: Is an abundant mineral in the earth’s crust. Is found in nature as sand or quartz and is a flowing agent used in supplements. When inhaled it has been shown to cause auto-immune dysfunction. Inhalation has also been shown to cause lung cancer.
Parabens: Are a group of widely used preservative and anti-microbial agents in personal care products and supplements. There is growing concern that parabens can cause hormone disruptions and they have been found in high concentrations in breast cancer tumours. Parabens can be found in supplements as methylparabens, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben.
Lactose: A sugar found in milk that can cause severe gastro-intestinal upset in individuals sensitive to milk products.
Maldodextrin: Is a polysaccharide that is rapidly converted to glucose in the blood stream. Maltodextrin can come from a variety of startch products. Wheat and corn are the most common but should be avoided in individuals with celiac disease to avoid any potential adverse reaction.
MSG or Monosodium Glutamate: is a common flavouring agent in supplements. It is a known neurotoxic agent and should be strictly avoided when choosing supplements. It has also been shown to cross the placenta and induce neuronal damage in developing mice. Reactions to MSG may include: heart palpitations, intense thirst, anxiety, nausea, and vomiting.
Talc: Is a known carcinogen. Studies have shown that it increases the risk of endometrial cancer in peri-menopausal women when used topically in the peri-anal area. Inhalant or intravenous talc exposure increases the risk of pulmonary toxicity. Intravenous talc can lead to various degrees of granulomatous formation, compromised pulmonary function or death. The use of talc should be strictly avoided in supplements, oral, inhaled and topical. The problem with his is you will not be aware if this is in the pill you are taking.
Microcrystalline Cellulose: Is a bulking agent used in supplements to fill capsules when the medicinal agents are too small. It is an ideal filler as it is derived primarily from wood pulp. It is glucose units bound together by a beta 1-4 linkage which creates cellulose a fibre indigestible to humans.
Gelatin: Is derived from collagen in animal’s skin and bones. It is a gelling agent used in supplements to help coat the outside of capsules to make them easier to swallow. Most commonly derived from pig and bovine and most animals today are injected with growth hormones and antibiotics which is known to cause candia in the gut.
Gellan Gum: Is commonly used as a food additive and is used in most soy drinks to help keep soy products in suspension (most soy is GMO). It is used as a thickener and stabilizer in supplements. A study examined the dietary effects of large quantities of gellan gum and found that it seemed to affect transit time by either increasing or decreasing time in a few subjects.
Tartrazine: A yellow colouring agent used in some supplements and pharmaceuticals has been shown to cause adverse reactions in certain individuals. It is well known to cause asthma and urticaria in sensitive individuals and has been shown to cause behavioral changes such as irritability, restlessness, and sleep disturbance in children. The use of any food colouring additive should be strictly avoided when choosing supplements.
Allura Red: A red colouring agent used as a food additive has been linked to both behavioural and physical toxicity. When fed to rats in animal studies, rats displayed significantly reduced reproductive success, weight, brain weight, survival and impaired female vaginal patency development. Behaviourally, the rats had significantly decreased running wheel activity when compared to control.
Indigotine: A blue food colouring agent has been linked to asthma in one study. A case report outlined increased cough, dyspnea, wheezing and nasal congestion in a subject immediately following exposure to indigotine at work.
Brilliant Blue FCF and Indigotine: Two blue food colouring agents have been linked to various adverse effects. Animal studies looked at the adverse effects of brilliant blue and indigotine given to rats over a two year span producing fibrosarcomas at the site of injection.
Combination of All Food Colourings: Was tested to determine if adverse effects exist. A study looked at a combination of several food colouring additives and a common preservative, sodium benzoate. This studied tested children aged 3 and 8-9 to determine if food colouring additives can increase hyperactivity in children. The study found that food colouring additives or sodium benzoate (or both) increased hyperactivity in both age groups studied. The use of food colouring should be avoided in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products.
Artificial Flavours: Dr. Ben Feingold an allergist proposed 30 years ago that artificial flavours, colors and salicylates can be the cause of hyperactivity in children. A diet free of artificial colors, flavours and salicylates reduced hyperactivity symptoms and behavioural disturbances in 30 to 50% of children. Other adverse effects noted from the ingestion of artificial flavours and coloring include:
Respiratory: Rhinitis, nasal polyps, cough, laryngeal edema, hoarseness, asthma.
Skin: Pruritus, dermatographia, localized skin lesions, urticaria, angioedema.
Gastrointestinal: Macroglossia, flatulence, constipation, buccal chancres.
Neurological: Headaches, behavioural disturbances.
Skeletal system: arthralgia with edema.
When choosing supplements it is important to talk to your Naturopathic Doctor about good quality, professional brand products that avoid the use of harmful excipients and fillers. This will prevent any adverse effects, but also will enhance therapeutic response as bioavailability of products will not be affected.
I personally believe that many of our bone disorders and depression have arisen from chemicals that are contained in pills. They eat away at the bones and also cause depression in some people.
Most Natural Doctors and Naturopaths only have what is at hand to give to their patients as they do not have the option of pure powders that are truly needed by the body. Sadly, this has led to many people becoming much sicker.
It is important to be responsible for what we give to others.
Thank you for reading